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The Imaginary

The Imaginary CoverThe Imaginary by A.F. Harrold
Recommended for: Grades 4-8

One day Amanda opens her wardrobe and finds Rudger, a boy that only she can see; a boy brought to life by her imagination. For a while they carry on with the fantastic adventures that Amanda invents, happily flying through space and running from dinosaurs. But some other adventure, not so safe and not so fun, is coming for them. This just-creepy-enough story is fast moving. A perfect read for a summer afternoon.

Reviewed by: Mrs. White

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The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck

lost treasure of tuckernuck coverThe Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck by Emily Fairlie
Recommended for: Grades 4-6

Marie Tutweiler, founder of Tuckernuck Hall, issued a treasure hunt challenge to her students. This was 80 years before Laurie’s parents insisted that she attend the school as they had. Laurie wants nothing to do with the Tuckernuck Cluckers and their embarrassing chicken hats. Disappointed in her classroom assignment as Gerbil Monitor, she is partnered with Bud Wallace, a smart but unpopular student. By complete chance, they find a clue to the Treasure. Both afraid that the other might claim the treasure for their own, they agree to work together. All the clues they unearth are difficult, and to avoid suspicion, Bud and Laurie each end up in extra-curricular activities they never would have chosen on their own.
Hilarious situations abound as Laurie & Bud race to find the “treasure beyond bounds!” before the school is forced to shut down to make way for a new development.
Lots of humor and action make this a fun read.

Reviewed by: Mrs. McIntire

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Doll Bones

doll bones coverDoll Bones by Holly Black
Recommended for: Grades 5 and up

Zach, Poppy, and Alice are best friends who have played a long game of make-believe for years.  When the creepy china doll they call “The Queen” begins to haunt Poppy’s dreams, the friends begin an adventure to learn about the doll’s past and reunite her with her bones.  As they travel on their quest, the rifts in their friendship caused by dishonesty, jealousy, and growing pains begin to show.  Can they complete their errand and stop the haunting? Can their friendship survive this task?  This was a great spooky read that featured believable young teen characters in an unbelievable situation.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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Doll Bones

doll bones coverDoll Bones by Holly Black
Recommended for: Grades 5 and up

Zach, Alice & Poppy are long-time friends. Nearly every day they have engaged in imaginative adventure play, but now they are in Middle school.  Zach is being pressured by his Dad to stop playing and interact more with his other friends. Poppy is desperate that they all remain friends. She comes up with a new quest involving the ghost of a murdered girl whose “bones” reside in the Great Queen. They have always been intrigued by the Great Queen – a china doll locked in an old display cabinet at Poppy’s house.
They reluctantly agree to the quest, and set out in the middle of the night taking the Great Queen with them. Almost from the start, things don’t go as planned and creepy events take place. Though disagreements and mistrust soon threaten to end the quest, the three learn a lot about themselves and friendship in the process.

Reviewed by: Mrs. McIntire

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The Yggyssey

the yggyssey coverThe Yggyssey by Daniel Pinkwater
Recommended for grades 5-7

Yggdrassil (Iggy) Birnbaum lives in a haunted hotel in Hollywood, California.  Iggy and her friends travel to a city on another plane to find out why all the ghosts are disappearing from Hollywood. The story takes place in the fifties and is filled with fantastic locations and zany characters (ghosts included).  Sequel to The Neddiad

Reviewed by: Mrs. McIntire

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Bo at Ballard Creek

Bo at Ballard Creek coverBo at Ballard Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill
Recommended for: Grades 3-6

It’s 1924 and imagine yourself living all the way up in the Alaska territory in Ballard Creek, a tiny village of gold miners and Eskimos. Blacksmith Arvid and Jack the camp cook, tough but tender-hearted miners, take in an abandoned baby girl and name her Bo. She grows up as a fun-loving tomboy who delights in her very interesting neighbors and the activities of her community. Bo learns the Eskimo language and customs, goes riding in a dog sled, learns wilderness survival skills and even gets chased by a bear. Her warm and loving family expands when they take in a mysterious lost little boy who doesn’t speak. Bo’s adventures will remind readers of the Little House series- it’s a real slice-of-life story with great details of life in pioneer days. Fascinating!

The author herself grew up in an Alaskan mining town and spends her time between her city house in Fairbanks, Alaska and in summer, her little house in a small village on the Yukon River.

Reviewed by:  Ms. Fisher

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Small as an Elephant

small as an elephant coverSmall as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
Recommended for: Grades 5 & up

Jack’s mother plans a whirlwind trip to Maine full of experiences from her own childhood that she wants to share with him.  They set up camp in the dark on Friday night, but when Jack wakes up on Saturday morning she’s gone.  Jack is two states away from home with a tent, his clothes and fourteen dollars.

Some kids might freak out, but eleven year old Jack has been alone before.  However, being left in the apartment with food and shelter is a little different from being left on Mount Desert Island.  If anyone discovers what his mother has done, they are sure to take Jack from her for good, so he sets out to locate her and get home without anyone finding out.  As days go by and Jack’s problems grow it’s hard to imagine how his relationship with his mother can survive.  This is a fast-paced emotionally charged survival adventure.

Reviewed by Mrs. White

 

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Heart of a Samurai

heart of a samurai coverHeart of a Samurai by Margi Preus
Recommended for: Grades 4 and up

The journey of Manjiro is an amazing one.  In 1841, the 14 year old is shipwrecked and stranded on an island with his Japanese fishermen peers.  Rescued by an American whaling ship, Manjiro learns English, and quickly becomes a surrogate son for the kind captain.  He travels to America and attends school in New England.  After living his formative years away from his home, he serves on another whaling ship with the hopes of making it back to Japan.
This book, based on the true story of Manjiro, was utterly fascinating.  I learned so much about Japanese history, whaling, and the power of curiosity and perseverance.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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The Kneebone Boy

kneebone boy cover image The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter
Recommended for: Grades 4 and up

The Hardscrabble children are not magic, but they are not normal, either. When they find themselves unexpectedly on their own, they seize the occasion to have an adventure. They face danger together, and find the answers to some questions they didn’t realize they had.
Told by one of the three siblings, the story is full of twists and unexpected revelations. The relationships of the children are realistically described, believable and charming. Recommended for readers who enjoy Lemony Snicket or Jenny Nimmo’s Charlie Bone series.

Reviewed by: Ms. GS

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The Sixty-eight Rooms

The Sixty-eight Rooms by Marianne Malone
Recommended for: Grades 4-7

Friends Ruthie & Jack go on a school field trip to the Chicago Art Institute. The highpoint for both are the Thorne Rooms – 68 perfectly detailed miniature rooms representing different times and places.  Something magical happens sending Ruthie & Jack on an exciting adventure and trying to solve mysteries both historical and modern.
If you ever go to Chicago, visit the Thorne Rooms. They are amazing!

Reviewed by: Mrs. McIntire

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